Wisconsin Assembly and Senate ban recording devices
Post by Jesse Russell on 3/8/2011 10:00am
New rules are out this morning regarding what isn't allowed in the galleries of the State Assembly and Senate. Included in the banned items for both galleries is an increased crackdown on recording devices being used by the general public.
In the Senate: "Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, no photography (video or still) or sound recordings allowed."
In the Assembly: "video cameras, still cameras."
The list below is from the Cap Times.
The Senate gallery rules, established by the body for the 2011-12 legislative session, include:
— Visitors must be seated and quiet at all times, with no leaning over the balcony or putting anything (such as signs) over the balcony.
— No signs or public displays, reading of books or newspapers, tobacco products, or food and beverages.
— Cell phones and pagers must be turned off, no photography (video or still) or sound recordings allowed.
— No backpacks or large bags.
In the Assembly Gallery, in accordance with Assembly Rule 26, the following is not allowed:
— Eating, drinking, smoking, talking, use of mobile phones, laptop computers, video cameras, still cameras, newspapers, bags, briefcases, signs, posters, placards, or hats.
— There will be no leaning over railings or sitting in the aisles.
— Any outbursts, such as clapping, cheering, jeering or stomping.
EDIT: Added "being used by the general public" at 10:55 a.m. March 8, 2011 to clarify that this does not apply to media
(Image from StrictlyProhibited.com)
Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.